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January 15, 2015

Great New York State Fair Leaps to 8th among All State Fairs in Attendance, Industry Publication Finds

Carnival Warehouse Data Shows The Fair Recorded Largest Increase Among Biggest State Fairs

2014 was a big year for one of the largest state fairs in America. The Great New York State Fair rose to 8th among all state fairs in attendance in 2014, according to figures compiled by the industry publication Carnival Warehouse, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.

“We put our hearts and souls into the 2014 Fair, delivering more than two dozen new activities and events along with a brand new Midway and a Labor Day promotion that brought people back to the Fairgrounds for the last party of summer.  We’re pleased to be back among the top 10 state fairs in America,” said Waffner.

The Fair’s attendance of 965,147 placed it 8th among all state fairs in 2014, up from 13th in 2013.  Its daily average of 80,429 placed it 6th in 2014, after the fairs of Texas, Minnesota, the Tulsa State Fair, Wisconsin, and Iowa.  The Fair rose to 18th place on Carnival Warehouse’s overall rankings of the top 50 major public and privately-operated events in the United States and Canada, up from 23rd in 2013, which includes large county fairs and special events such as the Canadian National Exhibition and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Fair’s 13.4% rise in attendance was the largest percentage rise among large state fairs, and was second only to New Mexico’s state fair, which has attendance below 500,000.

This is the latest piece of national recognition of the Fair’s resurgence, which saw it land on a number of lists of top fairs to visit in America for its programming or its vendors’ inventive food offerings.  The International Association of Fairs and Expositions recently honored the Fair with a record 17 awards for its agricultural programming and marketing programs.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 27 September 7, 2015.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment. 

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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